High School Pitcher Channels Randy Johnson and Kills Bird With Pitch
- Updated: April 29, 2012
Prep Rally has more on the story:
The incident occurred in Illinois, where Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-Griffin School pitcher Ryne Elvers drilled a passing bird while delivering a pitch against Springfield (Ill.) Southeast High at Lanphier Park in a “City Series” game. As reported by the Springfield State Journal-Register and Sports Radio 1450 — and brought to Prep Rally’s attention by the good folks at Off the Bench — the Big Unit-esque pitch came in the fifth inning on an 0-1 count from Elvers to Southeast batter Robbie Cooper, who watched in amazement as the bird went down.
Still, the most incredible part of the man v. nature interaction may have been the resilience of the bird itself. Unlike the seagull drilled by Johnson’s heater — which was difficult to identify because it was strewn so far across the diamond — the bird struck by Elvers “managed to fly off, minus some feathers,” according to the Journal-Register.
And here is Randy Johnson murdering a bird.